New Bern officials broke ground Thursday on phase I of Martin Marietta Park, which will include restrooms, trails, boat launches (for non-motorized boats), observation platforms, picnic shelters, a fishing pier, and a playground. Foster Hughes, the Director of New Bern Parks and Recreation, said the park is open to the public now to pedestrian traffic only.
"Currently, you can fish and you can take a canoe or kayak out to Martin Marietta park. Swimming may come at a later phase when we put a swim beach in. That's part of our long-range plan."
The City received a $475,000 grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and a $97,500 grant from the NC Division of Coastal Management for the project. Phase I will be developed on 55-acres and is expected to be complete in May 2020. Future park amenities include zip lines, an adventure ropes course, a skate park, a dog park, meeting space, and a 7500-seat amphitheater that will feature regional performing artists.